What does yoga mean to me physically

by Melissa West on March 19, 2013

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Today’s question comes from Maya Tiegrah for research she is doing for graduate school. What does yoga mean to me physically?

Physically – physically yoga allows me to move my body and again this is another way that I start to clear out (saucha) the debris so that I can access the deepest part of myself. In yoga when you move your densest layer of your body, your physical body, you are affecting all the other layers of your being.
When you move your body you impact all levels of your being, in yoga this is called the koshas.

Physical – Annamaya kosha
Energy – Pranamaya kosha
Mental – Manamaya kosha
Wisdom – Vijnanamaya kosha
Bliss – Anandamaya kosha
Self – Atman

So as I move my physical body I am affecting my energy, my breathing, my mind, my emotions and my spirit. All these aspects of myself are being cleansed and purified so that I can come to know my True Self.

On the membership site we have a series on the Five Koshas.

We also have a class on the niyama of saucha

Here’s a blog post that I wrote on sauca

In March of 2013 we are doing a Cleansing retreat on the membership site.


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